Mario Sassi

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Ph.D. Candidate, Italian Studies
Contact Information
Email: 
marsassi@sas.upenn.edu
Office Location: 
Williams 537
Office Hours: 
Mondays 2-3pm and Thursdays 1-2pm

Mario Sassi graduated cum laude in Italian language and literature (Lettere Moderne: Studi Italiani) at the University of Rome “La Sapienza.” His thesis on Italian Philology (“Authorial Philology: problems and examples of critical editions”) discusses Dante's “Il Fiore" and his alleged paternity of the text, and other issues of attribution. His works in literary and philological fields focus on the first centuries of Italian literature and on the 17th-century Accademia dell'Arcadia. Besides his research on Italian literature, he has a keen interest in Italian and International Film studies and TV shows, about which he has written extensively on specialized online platforms. Moreover, he is interested in the formulation of the Italian canon and reception issues of medieval texts in the modern world.

He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on Italian medieval literature, sermons, and exempla in Italian and Latin.

 

Research Interests

Dante Alighieri; medieval literature; preaching; philology; lives of saints; Italian and American film and tv show studies; the contemporary use of medieval texts; digital humanities.

 

Awards

2019: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship – Summer Institute in Italian Paleography, Newberry Library, Chicago.

 

Teaching experience:

Elementary Italian I (Fall 2018)

Elementary Italian II (Spring 2019)

Intermediate Italian I (Fall 2019)

 

Conference Participation

 

Forthcoming- “Meaning over word: Domenico Cavalca between the text and its message,” VOICES: An Interdisciplinary Conference, Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ, November 22-23, 2019.

 

“Presentazione del progetto di edizione dei testi statutari dell’Arcadia,” Convegno internazionale di studi “Canoni d’Arcadia,” Sapienza Università, Rome, June 8, 2018.

 

“Digitally-Enhanced Teaching and Learning for Language and Culture Teachers and Learners: Reflexive and Reciprocal Feedback,” in the panel “Technology in the Curriculum,” The Northeast Association for Language Learning Technology Conference, Philadelphia PA, April 6, 2019.

 

“Beyond Passion: Love between the Fiore and the Comedy,” in the panel “The Commedia: Text and Responses,” Medieval Academy of America Annual Conference, Philadelphia PA, March 8, 2019.

 

Publications

 

Forthcoming- “Atti statutari dell’Accademia dell’Arcadia,” February 2020.